Shooting after confrontation over burglaries

A man was shotgunned in the leg at a Hornby property after a confrontation about recent burglaries.

Paul Leslie Stockford, a 32-year-old labourer who lives in Hornby, shot the man on March 30, 2017, after inviting him to his home.

The police said Stockton spoke with the victim on the property, confronting him about some recent burglaries which he believed the victim was responsible for.

The shotgun has never been found.

The victim ran from the address to a neighbouring property where he was found by passing members of the public. He was admitted to hospital, requiring urgent medical attention.

His gunshot wound was on the right side of the groin where multiple pellets were found, entry wounds were on his right thigh, right groin, and inner left thigh. There was extensive soft tissue damage to the right outer thigh, and he required a blood transfusion.

In the Christchurch District Court Stockford pleaded guilty to a charge of discharging a firearm with reckless disregard for the safety of others, at a pre-trial session. His jury trial had been scheduled for January.

Defence counsel Anselm Williams said Stockford would like to attend a restorative justice meeting with his victim if the other man agreed.

Judge Jane Farish remanded Stockford in custody for sentencing on February 8, and read him the first of the three strike warnings for repeat violent offenders.